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India is one of the most touted destinations in the world for medical tourists. It is known in particular for heart surgery and hip resurfacing, areas of advanced medicine in which India is generally considered a global leader. Probably no country has been in the news for medical tourism than India in 2005-06, and the government and private hospital groups both seem committed to a goal of making the subcontinent a world leader in the industry. Indian medical industry's main appeal is low-cost treatment. Most estimates claim treatment costs in India start at around a tenth of the price of comparable treatment in America or Britain. Morever Indian Hospitals also provides more personalized care than available in west. 

For example, in April Madras Medical Mission, a Chennai-based hospital, successfully conducted a complex heart operation on an 87-year-old American patient at a reported cost of $8,000 (€7,000, £4,850) including the cost of his airfare and a month's stay in hospital. The patient claimed that a less complex operation in America had earlier cost him $40,000. Take the rising popularity of "preventive health screening". At one private clinic in London a thorough men's health check-up that includes blood tests, electro-cardiogram tests, chest x-rays, lung tests and abdominal ultrasound costs £345 ($574, €500). By comparison, a comparable check-up at a clinic operated by Delhi-based healthcare company Max Healthcare costs $84.

A lady from Vero beach, FL, who was featured in CBS 60 min in April 2005, went to India for hip surgery. In USA only hip replacements are possible, but India allows hip resurfacing that does not need the full hip replacement rather saves part of the hip to achieve the same result as the hip replacement. 

Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center in Delhi and Faridabad, India performs nearly 15,000 heart operations every year, and the post-surgery mortality rate is only 0.8 percent, which is less than half of most major hospitals in the United States.

Medical Tourism in India is one of the best options available to people across the globe. Millions come to India every year to get treated and then enjoy their recuperative holidays across India. People from different walks of life cut across America, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Europe, Maldives, Germany and numerous other countries come to India to have their treatments done with peace of mind. India provides world class medical facilities with hospitals and specialized multi specialty health centers providing their expertise in the areas of Cosmetic Surgery, Dental care, Heart Surgeries, Coronary Bypass, Heart Check up, Valve replacements, Knee Replacements, Eye surgeries, Indian traditional treatments like Ayurvedic Therapies and much more, practically covering every aspect of medicine combining modern treatments with traditional experience.

Estimates of the value of medical tourism to India go as high as $2 billion a year by 2012. In 2003, Indian finance minister Jaswant Singh called for India to become a “global health destination". However, the biggest stumbling block preventing the rapid growth of India as a healthcare destination is its poor infrastructure and lack of quality hotels.

Some statistics:


USA Europe Argentine Bolivia Brazil Costa Rica India Mexico
Rhinoplasty $ 6,000 $ 5,500 $ 2,300 $ 1,200 $ 2,100 $ 2,000 $ 1,500 $ 1,700
Face Lift $ 15,000 $ 12,500 $ 4,300 $ 2,600 $ 4,500 $ 4,200 $ 2,900 $ 4,500
Breast Augmentation $ 8,000 $ 7,500 $ 3,700 $ 2,500 $ 3,800 $ 3,400 $ 2,900 $ 3,900
Breast Reduction $ 9,000 $ 8,000 $ 3,900 $ 2,400 $ 3,600 $ 3,200 $ 3,000 $ 3,700
Complete Liposuction $ 13,500 $ 11,000 $ 4,500 $ 2,700 $ 4,700 $ 3,800 $ 3,200 $ 4,800
Gluteal Augmentation $ 9,000 $ 9,000 $ 4,000 $ 3,000 $ 4,200 $ 3,800 $ 3,200 $ 4,500

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